Learn to recognize motifs in your own work and create images rich in symbolism.

Sep 9, 2024 - Sep 13, 2024

Levels: Intermediate, Advanced,
Workshop Fee: $1395
Workshop Duration: 1-week (Monday-Friday)
Workshop Location: On-campus
Class Size: 12

Join photographer/writer Sal Taylor Kydd as you explore your personal narrative through the lens of memory and personal symbolism. Through written prompts and photographic cues, you will explore connections to the landscape and the natural world and your own personal narratives; through the visual language of allegory, myth, and metaphor.

Student taking a photograph of a birds wing in the Lyrical Photograph workshop
Students work directly with Sal shooting images in the field.

Using the tools we have as photographers and your imagination, we will work to create lyrical and transcendental images. As poets use the language of metaphor and allegory, you will learn to recognize motifs in your own work to create images rich in symbolism. 

Mornings will be spent in class discussing the motivations and threads that run through your work, as well as the personal vision you want to create – with a view to developing your portfolio. We will begin by sharing participants’ previous work to understand interests and goals.  

Afternoons will be spent shooting on location around Rockport with Sal. 

Limited to only 12 participants, this workshop is designed for experienced photographers looking for a journey of exploration to discover the alchemical intersection of symbolism, myth, and personal history.

Ships Sailed - By Sal Taylor Kydd
Ships Sailed ©Sal Taylor Kydd
Victory Garden - By Sal Taylor Kydd
Victory Garden ©Sal Taylor Kydd
Girl watching pins on a table by Sal Taylor Kydd
Watching Pins ©Sal Taylor Kydd

Past student work:

Man with glasses looking into the eyes of a stuffed bird
Alan Rich, Nevermore, 2021
Elin Dolle, self portrait, 2020
Elin Dolle, self-portrait, 2020
Cindy Mervis, Untitled, 2021
Cindy Mervis, Untitled, 2021

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Instructor: Sal Taylor Kydd

Maine-based photographic artist and writer Sal Taylor Kydd uses various photographic media in a personal narrative that explores themes around memory and belonging; combining her poetry with alternative processes of photography and object-making.

Sal’s fine art photographs have been exhibited throughout the country and internationally, including the UK, Barcelona, San Miguel De Allende, Portland, Boston and Los Angeles; and she has been featured in numerous publications, including Shots Magazine, Don’t Take Pictures, Lenscratch, Diffusion Annual and The Hand.